Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 20:
The Odisha government on Friday said 326 post graduate (PG) doctors will be posted soon in the backward KBK (undivided Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) districts of the state after law-makers cutting across party lines expressed deep concern over the dearth of doctors in the region.
Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak made the announcement while replying to a series of questions in the state assembly.
The minister said the state government was aware of the problem and will certainly do its best to ensure presence of doctors in the KBK region.
In addition to the 326 PG doctors for KBK region, 65 doctors will be sent to different Primary Health Centres (PHCs) across the state, he said.
During the Question Hour, Congress member from Jeypore Taraprasad Bahinipati said doctors were not going to remote areas and preferring to stay in urban pocket, thus denying health care services to people in KBK region.
Dr Raseshwari Panigrahi (BJD), Prafulla Majhi (Congress), Radharani Panda and Bibhuti Harichandan (both BJP) took an active part in the discussion.